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Team USA announces player pool for 2014 World Cup team

Jul 14, 2014, 10:55 AM EDT

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In January, USA basketball announced a 28-man pool for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic rosters. That field was flexible, and it’s been narrowed and expanded for the World Cup.

In addition to previously named players, DeMar DeRozan and Chandler Parsons were added to the pool – and other players were trimmed.

Here are all 19 players in contention for the World Cup roster:

And here are the players left off from the initial pool. Remember, some of this group could still make the Olympic team:

“Looking at the roster of players who will be participating in the training camp I’m impressed by the success they had this past season and by what they have achieved in their careers,” team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski said in a released statement. “It’s valuable to have some veteran leadership who has won gold at the highest levels internationally. The list also includes some of the most exciting young players who could definitely contribute to this team. Myself and the entire coaching staff are excited to get things underway and as we’ve done each summer our team will strive to represent the United States with respect and a commitment to excellence that hopefully will make every American proud.”

Here’s my early guess at the World Cup roster:

PG: Kyrie Irving, Derrick Rose, Damian Lillard

SG: Stephen Curry, James Harden

SF: Kevin Durant, Paul George, Kyle Korver

PF: Kevin Love, Blake Griffin

C: Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins

Cousins-Drummond will be an interesting matchup for backup center. Thompson-Beal for third shooting guard and Korver-Hayward-Parsons for specialist will also be intriguing – and the winner of each battle might even have to prove that position warrants a roster spot.

  1. The Buffer Zone - Jul 14, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    I would take Cousins over Davis & Drummond any day.

    • k3nn3k - Jul 14, 2014 at 11:11 AM

      Uhhh….no way.

    • miamatt - Jul 14, 2014 at 11:15 AM

      Over Drummond? Probably.

      Over Davis? No way.

      • patsmiley - Jul 14, 2014 at 11:36 AM

        Cousins over Drummond is a no brainer.. but Anthony Davis is the real deal plus his eyebrow is intimidating.. And I’d much rather have Beal over Thompson

      • tomasekradek - Jul 14, 2014 at 12:27 PM

        I’d much rather have Thompson/Beal over Irving and Curry as a point. And Wall (heck, anybody) instead of Rose. Guy who doesn’t play for about two years doesn’t deserve a spot on a national team. There are plenty of young men who would love to play and doing max to achieve it.

      • tomasekradek - Jul 14, 2014 at 12:29 PM

        I mean Curry moved to point, not outta team

    • antistratfordian - Jul 14, 2014 at 7:50 PM

      Whaaaaaat?

  2. tigeralum2010 - Jul 14, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    Still no John Wall, lul. To the guy above me, Cousins over anthony davis is a joke. AD will be the best player in the league within 3-4 years.

  3. spursareold - Jul 14, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    WTH? Why is K. Leonard not in the pool?

    • spursareold - Jul 14, 2014 at 11:37 AM

      OK, recent local news in the last hour is that he has withdrawn for this year, so I will do the same with my complaint.

  4. lbeezyse - Jul 14, 2014 at 11:44 AM

    What???? Wiggins wasn’t invited? I thought he is already better than KLove?!?

    • mrosales1989 - Jul 14, 2014 at 11:51 AM

      You know Wiggins is Canadian, right?

    • jvw1982 - Jul 14, 2014 at 5:53 PM

      NO you mean he is going to be better than K Love

  5. bostonian13 - Jul 14, 2014 at 11:56 AM

    Kyrie before John Wall?!? Am I missing something?

    • antistratfordian - Jul 14, 2014 at 7:53 PM

      Yes

  6. cfutch - Jul 14, 2014 at 12:18 PM

    how can you put Kyle Korver on your roster over Klay Thompson??

    • bkbell3 - Jul 14, 2014 at 1:51 PM

      neither should be on the team. Klay has a career per of 13.9 and 14.4 last year and is a career 43% shooter. 15per is league average. Don’t get the hype for this guy so far in his career.

      • bkbell3 - Jul 14, 2014 at 1:53 PM

        Just in case someone mentions his 40% from the 3, the league average is 37% so that means for every 100 3′s taken klay will make 3 more that the league average.

      • urallstupid - Jul 14, 2014 at 3:23 PM

        that’s all he’s gonna do on the national team, shoot 3s. so i have no problem with klay thompson being on the team.

  7. phillysports1 - Jul 14, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    I’ll start Griffin over Love.

  8. chris3141084 - Jul 14, 2014 at 12:30 PM

    No Jabari invite??
    And why is Deron Williams still being invited, he hasn’t been the same since

  9. csbanter - Jul 14, 2014 at 12:34 PM

    Who cares about these “world exhibitions” ? Some of these guys especially those coming off injury(Rose) and others on bad teams should be getting ready for the season. These world cup games are just marketing tools for Nike, Addidas, Gatorade, Evian, EA Sports.

    • mackcarrington - Jul 14, 2014 at 7:26 PM

      In Rose’s case, this IS his way of getting ready for the season. He hasn’t played in the last 2.

  10. darrenjamesmorgan - Jul 14, 2014 at 12:44 PM

    In yet another example of Washington getting media love over Toronto for no justifiable reason, Beal is getting prime consideration while there is no mention for DeRozan – who is a far better player – beyond the initial listing of his name. DeRozan goes to the hole and gets to the line better than any of the guards projected to make the team with the possible exception of Harden. Where is the love?

    • discountdoublecheck - Jul 14, 2014 at 1:18 PM

      Far better player is an absolute stretch my man.

    • basketballbro - Jul 14, 2014 at 1:26 PM

      John Wall was left off the list… Explain that to me and I’ll consider putting DeRozan over Beal

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 14, 2014 at 2:25 PM

        Kyrie PER’s OVER 20 each season in his career, a PER of 20 is all star level. His career PER is 20.9

        John Wall career PER of 18.3

        Kyrie career true shooting % of .548%
        Wall career true shooting % of .511%

        Kyrie career 22.1 points per 36 min’s
        Wall career 17.7 points per 36 min’s

        Kyrie career win shares per 48 min’s .126
        Wall career win shares per 48 min’s 0.91

      • urallstupid - Jul 14, 2014 at 3:24 PM

        no way bro, there are still people who think john wall is good. LOL!

    • bkbell3 - Jul 14, 2014 at 1:56 PM

      Derozen’s shooting % has gone down every year he has been in the league as his usage has gone up

      • urallstupid - Jul 14, 2014 at 3:25 PM

        gotta chuck on the raptors, who else is gonna score?

  11. maf586 - Jul 14, 2014 at 12:53 PM

    No love for Bledsoe either. Davis over cousins all day

  12. discountdoublecheck - Jul 14, 2014 at 1:13 PM

    Finally a World Cup the US knows it can win! (Heyoooooo)

  13. kvt7280 - Jul 14, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    If I were the Bulls, I’d convince Rose not too play in the World Cup because he’s way too fragile. If he gets hurt, Bulls won’t go too far in the playoffs.

    • antistratfordian - Jul 14, 2014 at 7:57 PM

      If he’s going to get hurt then he’s going to get hurt. He’s sat around long enough.

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